Strongly considering switching to Ting + downgrading from a smartphone

Hey guys, recently my frustrations with Verizon and smartphones in general has prompted me to look into switching to Ting. However, I have some questions.

First, I am getting tired of my smartphone. Sure it has all these fancy features that I use (albeit rarely) but I figure I'd be better off with a tablet for those needs. I miss having physical keys which made texting a breeze because I wasnt "fat fingering" non-tactile on screen keyboards. What is a good "dumbphone" with a slide out keyboard these days, if any?

Second, and probably the most important question is how exactly do I go about axing my service with Verizon? Should I wait until the contract is up or should I take Ting's offer now? Forgive me if im missing blatant information as it's late and im frustrated.

Finally, what are the big pros / cons of switching to Ting from Verzion? I know I wont miss going to their stores and getting hassled to buy things or having to deal with their comcast-level bad customer service.

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  • I think the manufacturers have stopped making phones with QWERTY keyboards.
    I miss my old Samsung Epic 4G with the sliding keyboard.
    Ting has 2 services - Ting CDMA using the Sprint network (with voice & text roaming on Verizon and Ting GSM using the T-Mobile network with occasional voice & text roaming to AT&T.
    You can sometimes find used Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G (not Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch) phones that should work on Ting CDMA. Check the phone at https://ting.com/byod first.
    Any T-Mobile phone will work on Ting GSM when using a Ting GSM SIM card.
    Ting offers some relief from ETF fees. See https://ting.com/etf

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  • To move:
    1. Check the maps at https://ting.com/coverage to determine which Ting service will work best for you. Ting GSM has more flexibility on what phones can be used.
    2. Get a Ting-compatible phone and a Ting (or Sprint) SIM if needed.
    3. Depending on your Ting service choice,
    see https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428898-GSM-BYOD-Supported-Devices-FAQ
    or https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428828-CDMA-BYOD-Supported-Devices-FAQ

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  • It really seems like a struggle to find a solid slider phone to work with Ting :(

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  • Sean,
    I expect this phone should work with Ting GSM. I do not know if it is "solid".
    http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-f3q.html

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  • For CDMA, my daughter uses a Kyocera Milano. There are a couple on ebay if you want to try that route.

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  • If anyone has any recommendations for an alternative to an "LG Exalt" for my great aunt on our plan that would be great too. All she cares about is talking, no texting or w/e and she loves flip phones.

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  • Also, would I be able to have a CDMA device and a GSM device on the same account/bill?

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  • Yes, you can have CDMA and GSM devices on the same account and they use the same pools of minutes, messages and mb.

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  • es, you can have both. I have 2 CDMA & 2 GSM devices sharing my rate buckets.

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  • Hey Sean!

    Bruce and Jon are both correct, however there is another option if you are looking for a specific model of device, the Ting Personal Shopper Program-

    https://ting.com/personal_shopper

    Submit the form online with your specified criteria and we will link you to compatible options :)

    I hope this helps!

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